Cheeky logo

What Period Pants are right for me? How to choose period underwear

How to Choose Period Underwear

When it comes to managing your period, choosing the right underwear is so important.

With the increasing popularity of sustainable menstrual products, period pants have emerged as a game-changer instead of pads or tampons. Offering comfort, protection, and environmental friendliness, they feel like you're just wearing regular underwear.

They're great for everyone from tweens who are new to periods and need easy comfortable protection right through to period pants for people suffering with endometriosis or abnormally heavy periods. You can choose to buy one pair, or sign up to a period pants subscription which will allow you to build up your stash monthly.

In this blog post, we'll guide you through the factors to consider when selecting which period pants are right for you and how to choose period underwear:

  1. Customer Service 
  2. Brand Reputation
  3. Absorbency 
  4. Style
  5. Materials
  6. Size Range
  7. Delivery
  8. Price

What period pants are best for me?

1 Customer Service

This comes top of the list as we think it's SO important! We guarantee 100% happiness with our products. We're so convinced that you'll love them that we'll refund your money within 90 days if you aren't happy.

Our customer service team are always on hand to help you make the switch to period pants or reusable sanitary pads. They're real people (say hello to Kirstin, Erika, Jo, Ness & Paula) who all wear period pants themselves and just LOVE to chat pee, poo and periods.

From our personalised period advice questionnaires, through to live chat Monday to Friday, please do drop us a line. We'll advise on sizing, styles, fit, washing and care of your products and we'll troubleshoot too if you have any problems. We're always more than happy to help.

"Customer service is second to none. I really wish as an adult female I had taken the chance to try reusable period pants sooner. They have been an absolute game changer. I decided to get some to try out to help my teenage daughter have an easier time than I did with heavy periods and they have been amazing.

We had a few issues getting the sizing right for her and the customer service team went above and beyond to call and help with recommendations and to sort the sizing for her. They were so knowledgeable and their suggestions were spot on.

I wouldn’t consider going elsewhere after my experience. If you haven’t tried reusable period pants, take the plunge you won’t regret it! The nighttime freedom of feeling fearless heavy flow is worth it in itself." Kathy, via Trustpilot

Cheeky Trustpilot Reviews - you can trust us!

2 Brand Reputation

We understand that investing in period pants can seem like a leap of faith. That's why it's essential to consider the brand's reputation as there are SO many brands available both online and on the High St.

Cheeky Wipes has been at the forefront of sustainable and reusable products since 2008. We haven't just jumped on the sustainable bandwagon. We were awarded the Queens Award in Sustainable Development in 2021 in recognition of what we've been doing for the past 14 years.

We specialise in providing high-quality, reliable, and eco-friendly simple reusable products. We're super passionate and knowledgable about helping people make the switch to reusables.

Our Trustpilot Reviews speak for themselves, so please do take the time to read a few and consider whether you'd trust your periods to us or a nameless high st shop.

"Bought 5 pairs of period pants that had been recommended by a friend. I already had some of another brand.

These are great - I bought several different styles. They all fit well, look great and do the job. I particularly like the fact that they look nice! I don't feel like I'm advertising that it's my period - they just look normal!" Susie via Trustpilot

Reusable Bamboo Period Pants

3 Absorbency

This is one of the first things that we considered when developing our period pants into a tried and tested period product. One of the most important factors to consider when choosing period pants is the absorbency level and the area covered with protection.

Different individuals have varying flow patterns, so it's essential to select the right absorbency to prevent leaks and ensure comfort.

Many period pants brands only have absorbency in the gusset area which just doesn't cut the mustard in our opinion! Cheeky Pants have absorbency to the front and rear waistband on most of our styles as standard, offering you fantastic peace of mind.

We have a range of options to cater to different flow intensities. From period thongs which are perfect as a back up to menstrual cups, right through to our very popular period shorts and heavy flow period pants which offer extra protection.

You can find more information about absorbency and the best type of underwear for you on our blog post 'best type of underwear for your period'.

"Fast delivery and great products, the pants give excellent absorbency and they are super cute, will 100% add more to my collection!" Monique via Trustpilot

Period Pants for Teens

4. Style

Style matters, even when it comes to period underwear! Cheeky Wipes understands that every person has unique style preferences and knickers are something that you tend to wear the same style of, day in and day out!

Our collection features a variety of designs, from high-waisted bikini 'Bridget Jones' styles to cute period briefs. We even have a sporty organic cotton period pants for running or gym, plus a seamless 'no VPL' period pants for wearing under tight clothing. They all offer the same fantastic absorbency and security of course!

"Bought the cheeky period thong and its one of the best around. True to size, comfy, and stylish. What more could you want!" Jayne via Trustpilot

5. Materials

The materials used in all our pairs of period pants are really important in both performance and comfort. You need a good fit with lots of stretch to make your pants leak-free.

Cheeky takes pride in using high-quality, sustainable fabrics that are soft, breathable, and gentle on the skin. All Cheeky period pants are PFAS Free and vegan friendly too.

Sassy Period Pants up to Size 30

6. Size Range

Cheeky Wipes offers a broad range of absorbent underwear in sizes to accommodate various body shapes and sizes. Our reusable period pants start at UK size 2 in our boybrief period pants and go right through to size 30 in our bamboo fearless pants.

Our inclusive size range ensures that everyone can find the right fit, allowing for a worry-free period experience no matter what your menstrual flow.

Finding the perfect fit for your period panties is absolutely vital for both comfort and leak prevention. If your pants are too big, they can sag at the seams and cause leaks. Similarly if they're too tight, you can have moisture wicking at the seams too. Check out our period pants comparison chart for guidance on whether to size up or down with our pants.

"Great advice as to sizes that were suitable. Went out of their way to let me know.  Love their products, wipes, pants, pads. I thoroughly recommend this company. Do it!" Via Trustpilot

7. Delivery

There's nothing worse than ordering something and it takes an age to arrive. We order a range of shipping options which range from DPD next day delivery, through to our regular Royal Mail tracked. Our aim is to dispatch all orders within 3 days of the order being placed (outside sale periods). And delivery is free on all orders over £50 too!

"Found this product on TikTok, I bought the cheeky pants and they were really comfy and helped to deal with my heavy flow days! Fast delivery thank you! ��" Sarah via Trustpilot

8. Price

At Cheeky we don't believe in charging £25 for a pair of period knickers unlike some big brands.  We're committed to providing affordable period pants so that as many people as possible can benefit from these 'game-changers'.  That's why you can always buy 5 pairs of our period pants for just £49.  Great value, superb product & service!

"Great quality & a good price. Better than a competing brand that I've tried!" Mrs Florey via Trustpilot

In summary, choosing the right period pants from the right brand can revolutionize your period experience, offering comfort, protection, and sustainability. At Cheeky Wipes, we have been committed to providing products you can trust since 2008!

If you'd like to learn more about period underwear you may also be interested in these articles:

Top 6 UK Period Pants Reviews

Can you prevent leaks on your period?


About the author: Helen Rankin is a Mum of 4 and founded Cheeky Wipes, the original reusable wipes kit back in 2008 after disposable wipes caused her eczema to flare up. She went on to develop their range of 'Simple Reusables' to include period pants, reusable sanitary pads and reusable makeup removing pads. The team pride themselves on providing relatable friendly advice and just LOVE to chat pee, poo and periods all day long! The Company was recognised for their hard work in developing environmentally friendly products with the Queens Award in Enterprise for Sustainable Development in 2021.